Commendations for scholar athletes before board of education


Scholar/athlete winter marking period commendations for two Rome Free Academy athletic teams, and the appointment of a new Strough Middle School assistant principal, will be among topics for the Board of Education tonight.

The board’s meeting at 5 p.m. today is anticipated to begin with a closed executive session to discuss contract negotiations and legal matters, followed by a regular public session expected to start at 6 p.m. according to the school district office.

The meeting will not be open for public attendance because of COVID-19 considerations, but access by the public will be available through a virtual Zoom format using a link at online. On the agenda:

• A resolution for commendation cites members of the RFA girls bowling team, coached by Bryan Rondeau, and members of the RFA boys varsity swimming and diving team, coached by Michelle Moore-Browne.

The teams “have demonstrated a high standard of excellence receiving from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association a Scholar/Athlete Team Award by achieving a winter marking period average of 90% or higher,” according to the resolution.

It said the teams “have brought credit to themselves, their teachers, their families, their coaches, and, in turn, to the Rome City School District,” and it offers congratulations for outstanding academic achievement.

• Tonia Davis would be appointed as assistant principal at a pro-rated salary of $83,500, effective March 15, according to a resolution.

Davis will be at Strough Middle School, said school district Superintendent Peter C. Blake.

A prior assistant principal at the school, Corey Snitchler, resigned effective Dec. 6 to accept a position with the federal government.

Davis previously has been an alternative education principal at Madison-Oneida BOCES, said Blake.


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